LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Students return to class at Jefferson County Public Schools on August 15.

The district has released the annual JCPS back to school checklist to help families prepare:

  • Have you registered your child or verified his or her school assignment? Call 485-6250 if you need to find out which school your child will attend or what documents you will need in order to register.
  • Do you know what time school starts for your child? At most JCPS elementary schools, the hours are 9:05 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. At most middle and high schools, hours are 7:40 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
  • Have you confirmed your child's transportation arrangements? If your child is walking or biking, have you discussed safety precautions regarding traffic and strangers? If your child is riding a bus, have you talked about safety issues and behavior expectations?
  • Have you checked with the school about the supplies your child will need?
  • Do you know if your child's school has a dress code? Will your child need different clothes for physical education or art classes?
  • Have you filled out health, emergency contact, and other forms that have been sent home?
  • Has your child developed any health problems during the summer that will affect his or her school day? If so, have you notified school staff?
  • If your child needs to take medication at school, have you made arrangements?
  • Have you established an earlier bedtime to help your child get back on a school schedule?
  • Have you talked to your child about starting the new school year with a positive outlook and a commitment to doing his or her rest?
  • Have you signed up with the district's School Messenger alert system so you will receive emergency notifications and other important information?

The back-to-school checklist is also available online here.

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